Those feelings when everything comes together and you finally tag that buck you have been after for oh so long. You know what I am talking about, exhiliration, happiness, but also a little sadness knowing the quest is over. Well it isn't even deer season and I have already experienced these same emotions. Why, you might ask. It is because my best hunting buddy and son left for college. I am so proud of what a great young man he has grown into and also what a dedicated bowhunter he has become. He arrowed his first buck when he was just 10 years old and that evening a fire was lit that would burn brighter and brighter each season.
Zach is one of those guys that gets it. By that I mean he enjoys every hunting experience wether successful or not and appreciates the opportunities we are provided. He shows great admiration for his quarry and is always thrilled to share in others success rather than to display jealousy. Zach is attending the University of South Dakota where he will be running Cross Country and Track so time afield this season is going to be very limited. This will be my first season in a long time that I won't be able to meet him at the cabin after our sits and discuss our days hunt and experiences. This will definitely be a big change for the both of us. I can imagine that my first sit this season as I walk from my stand to the cabin I will have a big smile on my face and a tear in my eye. I can promise you one thing though, and that is I will be calling him right away because I know he will be missing our talks as much as I am missing him.
Harlin Welch has been an NBA member since 1990 and has been bowhunting for nearly 30 years. He has two children Zach and Madison that share his passion of bowhunting. Harlin has been married to Kara for 20 years and she allows him to pursue small game, fish and big game with his bow year round.